|Poster:||Dudley Dead||Date:||Mar 15, 2017 10:26am|
|Forum:||GratefulDead||Subject:||67 March 2/4 Nico, Buck, Alfie, and THE GRATEFUL DEAD|
In and era where six months was a different musical world, the nearly year long delay in getting the first Velvet Underground record out was painful, but really didn’t mater, no one paid much attention to it at the time . It was only a decade later that its reputation grew, and became a hugely influential record . It’s hard decadence, heroin, and often grainy sound, was a poor fit for the flower power,
LSD, baroque sound of the time . Released March 12 . Two from the album .
I always think Astrud Gilberto could have done a great, gauzy production, version of this .
Maybe the best know song on this album .
BUCK OWENS - SAM'S PLACE
Meanwhile in Bakersfield, Buck Owens had another #1 Country hit with this . Released March 13 .
DIONNE WARWICK - ALFIE
By the time Dionne Warwick recorded this Bacharach - David song for the film of the same name, there had already been 40 + covers of it . Cilla Black, and Cher has modest hits with it but this is the one that became the best known, though the best version I have heard is by Tom Holland The irony is that Warwick was who the composers had intended it for in the first place . The single was release in March 67, 14 month after the Cilla Black version .
THE GRATEFUL DEAD - VILOA LEE BLUES, GOLDEN ROAD - album - THE GRATEFUL DEAD
-The first album by the Grateful Dead was sort of a disappointment to the band, and really catches them before the turned into the psychedelic monster by the end of the year . It is funny, Garcia did a good job helping his friends, The Jefferson Airplane with Surrealistic Pillow, late in 66, but when it came time to record his own group, it was a rushed affair, four days, and foolishly he,Phil and Kreutzmann, took speed for these sessions, adding, no doubt ,to the hurried feel of the record . even with that it is a fun record, has sort of a 66 garage feel to it . Some of the songs stayed with them to the end, and some were dropped soon . Pressured to come up with a single, they quickly wrote “Golden Road” . It was released on March 15th, two days before the album . Didn’t get much attention outside of the bay area .
And, of course, the one track that did stretch out was their cover of Gus Cannon and his Jug Stompers 1928, “Viola Lee Blues”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osrb3SqpP90
A bit of vid from the movie "Petulia" . From the Avalon the next month (?)
GRATEFUL DEAD 3/18/67 Winterland
Not a lot of live stuff form this year, but here is a show form the day after the album came out . I turned 10 the next day !https://archive.org/details/gd1967-03-18.sbd.sacks.1594.shnf/gd67-03-18d1t01.shn